Nathan Murphy in U16 Australian Team

The past week saw Australia's best state schoolboy talent compete in the School Sports Australia under-15 tournament, culminating in the best of the best selected to play for Australia this summer. Nathan Murphy was one of these players that were selected to the Australia under-16 team on the back of eye-catching performances in the week-long state championships played in Darwin. The under 15 championships were the first of its kind to be played under the new partnership of Cricket Australia and School Sports Australia.

The squad will be the first national team to play in the state-based under 17 National Championships in its 37-year history.

Cricket Australia National Talent Manager Greg Chappell, who spent the week in Darwin for the titles, said the future talent of Australian cricket was all positive. "We saw a wide range of talent and skills on display and there will be opportunities in the future for many of the players at the titles," said Chappell. "The squad of players that will play in the National under-17 titles later in the year will now have the chance to stretch and extend themselves against some more experienced opposition but we expect them to be quite competitive. "This is an important stage in the development of players in this age bracket as they physically mature and learn more about their own game."

The team will also play against international opposition in Bowral and will be coached by former Test batsman and recent Queensland Bulls coach Stuart Law.

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